Thompson Qualifies for Indoor Nationals
The Crimson Wave men’s track team competed in the Chicagoland Championship on Saturday February 14th.
There were some great highlights on the men’s side as they continue to impress with each meet. Phillip Thompson finished 1st in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 15.09m which currently put him second in the nation for the NAIA. This jump qualifies for Thompson for the NAIA Indoor Championships in Geneva, OH. This is also the new school record for CCSJ. Matthew Stewart finished 4th in the high jump while Blake Wallace finished 11th in the long jump. Combined with the women, there were seventeen season best times.
“I could not be happier with how the men’s team performed. They continue to improve at every meet. We have a pretty young team, but the hard work and improvements that they are making are phenomenal. Altogether, we had 14 season best times and one NAIA ‘A’ Standard Qualifying Mark. There are huge things to come for this team and I am looking forward to the great times and marks w will have at our last indoor meet this Friday,” said Coach Luehrs.
The men will return to action on Friday when they compete in the GVSU Tune-Up in Allendale, Michigan.
Thompson and Lopez Win at Illiana Invite
The Crimson Wave men’s track team competed in the Illiana Invitational at Lewis University over the weekend. Overall, the men would finish 5th out of nine schools with 66 points.
There were some strong performances from CCSJ. Phillip Thompson finished first in the triple jump as he went for 14.0m. Hector Lopez finished first in the 5000m with a time of 15:34.67. Matt Stewart finished third in the high jump with 1.99m.
Joseph Curtis finished 6th and 8th in the 200m and 55m respectively. Aaron Murray finished 2nd in the 400m and Nick Barango finished 3rd in the 600m.
“I am extremely proud of how our Men’s team performed. We came out strong on our first big meet of the season with a handful of top 5 finishes, personal records, and a national qualifying mark. We set a good bar for where we are at in our training and are very excited for the rest of this season,” said Coach Luehrs.
The Crimson Wave will return to action on January 24th when they compete in the Greyhound Classic.
Stewart Wins High Jump at CCAC Championship
The Crimson Wave men’s track team competed in the CCAC Championship in Bourbonnais, Illinois over the weekend.
The event was highlighted by Matt Stewart as he won the high jump as he went for 1.95m. Brendan Shanks was the runner up in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.22 and he also finished 3rd in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.93. Joey Curtis placed 5th in the 100m dash with a time of 11.75. Kevin Dix placed 15th in the 200m dash with a time of 25:07. Brayan Elias ran the 800m dash in 2:04.52 which was good enough for 13th. Michael Pajdzik placed 11th in the hammer throw as he threw it 30.80m.
“We didn’t have the finish we were hoping for this weekend but still have a lot to be happy about. Matt Stewart continued his wonderful freshman season winning the high jump to become the first CCSJ athlete to be named All-Conference his freshman year in program’s history. Brendon Shanks had a great meet as well finishing runner up in the 400 hurdles and 3rd place in the 110 Hurdles. All of our points we scored at conference were underclassmen. We have a talented recruiting class coming in next year and the future is very bright for the Crimson Wave program,” said Coach Paterson.
CCSJ’s Matt Stewart will compete in the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois on Friday May 9th.